In my early 30's I was part of a dance group that performed 16th Century English Country dances at various Renaissance Faires throughout the state. It was some of the most fun I've ever had. As part of our performance, we were required to wear costumes that were as historically accurate as possible, which presents some challenges when you're also required to dance vigorously for three half-hour sets on stage, often in weather over 90 degrees. While the average Elizabethan may have worn multiple layers of wool garments, we used cotton. Class designations in Elizabethan England were rigid, and there were sumptuary laws to prevent one from dressing above one's station. For comfort and practicality, our costumes were meant to approximate what prosperous peasants to lower middle class Elizabethans would have worn.
Another favorite bodice.
This is a chocolate brown corduroy hooded cloak with a light green lining. When you camp out at Faire, it often gets quite cold at night, and it's nice to have something warm on while you're quaffing ale and singing Elizabethan drinking songs around the campfire. It also doubles as a blanket over the sleeping bag.
I love the Celtic knot hook on this cloak.
Anyhow, if you know anyone who's around a size 6-8 (short) and needs a woman's Renaissance costume, let me know. I might be willing to to have some of these pieces find a new home. There are also some other bodices and skirts; e-mail me if you're interested.